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How Sarah Connor Fits With Campbell's Archetype

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In the Terminator trilogy, Sarah Connor is one of the main protagonists. She is John Connor's, the destined leader of the Resistance against the machines, mother. Her son John would be the one to lead the humans in the war against the machines, the Terminators. In the first two Terminator movies Sarah Connor plays a huge role. She is the perfect example of a feminine hero due to her trying to stop Judgement Day while fighting for survival against the T-800 in the first movie and the T-1000 in the second movie.
In The Terminator, “Sarah Connor is a hapless teenage waitress with a dull life and lives with her best friend and roommate Ginger Ventura” (Terminator Wiki) Unknowningly to Sarah, a Terminator, a model T-800, is sent to her time from the future to kill her. His mission is to kill Sarah Connor in order to prevent John Connor from being born and creating the Resistance. The first move the T-800 makes is looking up the name Sarah Connor and killing every one he encounters until he gets to the Sarah Connor she needs to kill. After hearing about the shootings relating to the name Sarah Connor, the police take Sarah to safety at a nightclub.
Meanwhile, another person from the future comes back in time to Los Angeles. His name is Kyle Reese and is one of John Connor's top generals in the Resistance. He heads out to the nightclub, where he saves Sarah from the T-800, telling her “Come with me if you want to live.” (The Terminator)
When Kyle tells Sarah about the future and how the T-800 is not human and trying to kill her she does not believe one word of what he is saying. “Oh, come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean am I tough, organized? I can't even balance my checkbook.” (The Terminator) It is not until Kyle saves Sarah from the The Terminator at the police station that she finally believes everything he is saying.
At a motel, Kyle explains to Sarah about what happens in the future and the events that lead up to Judgement Day. While at the motel, the two get comfortable and make love. It is revealed later that Kyle Reese is John Connor's father. The T-800 is able to track the two where they are chased into a factory, where Kyle is mortally wounded, Sarah is wounded in the leg, the T-800 loses its legs. With Sarah down, the torso of the T-800 goes after Sarah, where she is able destroy the T-800 while saying, “You're terminated, fucker.” (The Terminator)
In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the story continues eleven years later after the events of The Terminator. John Connor is ten years old and living with his foster parents. Sarah has been raising John and preparing him for Judgement Day, “but was arrested after attempting to bomb a computer factory and remanded to a mental hospital under the supervision of Dr. Silberman.” (Wikipedia)
Meanwhile, another Terminator from the future is sent to their timeline. Unlike the T-800, he is the T-1000, an upgrade comprised of a “mimetic poly-alloy” (Terminator 2) that can take the...

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